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  1. Just had Norton [Symantec] telling me WUWT is an unsecured (I think) site.
    Now back.
    Possibly others, too have had that.
    Then trouble getting this [big] page to load.
    Now all seems fine.

    Was commenting on another thread about 12-15 minutes ago.

    Auto.

  2. A VERY interesting BBC story (well, it interested me…), though not directly about Climate Change….

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40465399

    It’s about the Grenfell fire disaster. It’s an examination of how dangerous cladding can still obtain approval for use in housing. And it describes all the tricks that the ‘scientific experts’ use to produce documentation that seems to argue that the cladding is safe.

    No one seems to have noticed yet, but the tricks, and the general attitude lying behind the aim of corrupting civil engineering so as to enable profit to be made are exactly the same as the techniques used to corrupt climate science to enable profit to be made….

  3. Its Official
    https://www.businessinsider.com.au/climate-change-solutions-united-nations-2017-6

    A group of scientists says we have three years to save the planet from irreversible destruction
    Read more at https://www.businessinsider.com/climate-change-solutions-united-nations-2017-6#GvfAyP5uKswBxBDO.99

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    A group of scientists says we have three years to save the planet from irreversible destruction
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    Muir glacier 2 Alaska
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    Photos of Alaska’s Muir Glacier in August 1941 (L) and August 2004 (R).
    A planet devastated by climate change may seem like a distant future. But Earth is already experiencing effects today.

    Globally, the mean rate of sea level
    rise increased 50% in the last two decades. In 2017, temperatures have already reached their highest levels in history in some areas, from California to Vietnam. And the past three years were the hottest on record.

    In a new open letter, six prominent scientists and diplomats, including former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres and physicist Stefan Rahmstorf, wrote that the world has approximately three years before the worst effects of climate change take hold. Published June 28, the letter urges governments, businesses, scientists, and citizens to address the world’s greenhouse-gas emissions now.

    Read more at https://www.businessinsider.com/climate-change-solutions-united-nations-2017-6#GvfAyP5uKswBxBDO.99

    Looks like the pause has not filtered through.

  4. What do you do when you can’t trump the biggest bogeyman ever invented in catastrophic anthropogenic global warming and the dumb deplorables don’t seem to be alarmed enough or the evidence is wearing a bit thin and not cutting through? We even had a speculative post on that as to what would be the next big thing for the doomsayers and a number of possibilities were postulated.

    Well it seems Friends of the Earth have hit upon the obvious. You go to the other end of the spectrum and start banging on about the microscopic doom facing us all along with the babies and fluffy kittens-
    http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/babies/potentially-dangerous-nanoparticles-found-in-australian-baby-formula/news-story/8cdf31244446a02d95c35b3ee5f27671
    They have form-
    http://www.foe.org.au/whats-story-nanoparticles-sunscreen
    even though when you read between the lines-
    “Some industry spokespeople have argued there are nanoparticles in everything and that our body does appear to have defences to deal with these. It’s true that any finely ground powder will have a small tail end of nanoparticles. However, it can’t be assumed that because our body has the defences to deal with occasional nanoparticles that it can deal with products that are entirely comprised of nanoparticles.”

    Just as it can’t be assumed that because a giant asteroid didn’t hit us last week it won’t tomorrow so naturally the precautionary principle applies as usual.
    Welcome to nano-doom. Oh and send more grants naturally.

  5. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/06/30/fake-news-associated-press-engulfed-in-cnn-level-scandal-as-it-covers-up-invention-of-imaginary-pruitt-meeting/

    Fake News: Associated Press Engulfed in CNN-Level Scandal as It Covers Up Invention of Imaginary Pruitt Meeting

    “The Associated Press is at it again, pushing more fake news. Sadly, the once-great news wire service is trying to cover up its mistake—nearly the exact mistake that cost three editorial staffers at CNN their jobs in a scandal that first exploded a week ago today.

    A Breitbart News investigation has led to the correction by the Associated Press–which originally resisted–of the fake news it printed as deeper questions of responsibility, accountability, and journalistic ethics consume the AP heading into Fourth of July weekend.

    This time, the Associated Press invented an imaginary meeting between EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris, and then alleged that some kind of impropriety happened as a result.

    This is exactly the same mistake CNN made a week ago, when it alleged that Anthony Scaramucci—the founder of SkyBridge Capital and an associate and ally of President Donald Trump—held “meetings” with Russian investment fund leaders and was under investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee and Treasury Department as a result.

    A Breitbart News investigation uncovered that no such “meetings” took place, the Senate Intelligence Committee was not investigating the matter, and the Treasury Department had already—at the urging of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to now Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin before Trump’s inauguration—looked into it and determined the matter to be entirely “without merit.”

    end excerpt

    We are living in an environment where the MSM will deliberately lie in order to promote the socialist agenda. This affects all areas of our lives including the debate on human-caused climate change.

    The Leftstream Media is not to be believed. The truth is not in them. They have an agenda to push.

  6. Can WUWT please add Prince Charles’ “100 months to save the planet” to its Climate Fail page, given that it is now 100 months since March, 2009?

  7. This is from wikipaedia under ‘Clean Development Mechanism’.

    Maybe someone more informed than I can confirm if I understand it correctly. It seems that this ‘mechanism’ allows carbon credits (CERs) – also known as cash? – to be given to India and China when they build coal-fired power stations. Is this an admission that the overt aims of climate chamge intiatives are just a front?

    “Coal thermal power generation in India and China

    In July 2011, Reuters reported that a 4,000 MW coal thermal electricity generation plant in Krishnapatnam in Andhra Pradesh had been registered with the CDM. CDM Watch and the Sierra Club criticised the plant’s registration and its eligibility for certified emission reduction units as clearly not additional. A CDM spokesperson dismissed these claims. According to information provided to Reuters, there are total of five coal-fired electricity plants registered with the CDM, four in India with a capacity of 10,640 MW and one 2,000 MW plant in China. The five plants are eligible to receive 68.2 million CERs over a 10-year period with an estimated value of 661 million euros ($919 million) at a CER price of 9.70 euros.[70]

    In September 2012, the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism adopted rules confirming that new coal thermal power generation plants could be registered as CDM projects and could use the simplified rules called ‘Programmes of Activities’. The organisation CDM-Watch described the decision as inconsistent with the objective of the CDM as it subsidised the construction of new coal power plants. CDM-Watch described the CERs that would be issued as “non-additional dirty carbon credits”.[71]”

  8. http://idahonews.com/news/nation-world/un-chief-us-may-meet-paris-climate-goals-despite-exit

    UN chief: US may meet Paris climate goals despite exit

    “U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the United States may meet the Paris climate agreement’s targets despite pulling out of the deal.

    Guterres says Michael Bloomberg, a U.N. special envoy on climate change, is “convinced” the U.S. will reach the Paris goals. Guterres says that’s because some U.S. states, cities and businesses are committed to green energy regardless of the federal government.”

    end excerpt

    I’m still wondering which one of these States, Cities and Businesses are going to be contributing to the UN Green Climate Fund, and how much. The U.S. was going to be putting in $100 billion per year under the Paris Accord. I doubt these virtue signalers are going to be putting up anything like that kind of cash.

  9. Delayed North Atlantic [SST Anomaly] Response to Solar Forcing of the Stratospheric Polar Vortex
    A delayed response of the winter North Atlantic oscillation (NAO) to the 11-year solar cycle has been observed and modeled in recent studies. However, the mechanisms creating this 2-4-year delay to the solar cycle have still not been well-understood. This study examines the effects of the 11-year solar cycle and the resulting modulation in the strength of the winter stratospheric polar vortex. A coupled atmosphere–ocean general circulation model is used to simulate these effects by introducing a mechanistic forcing in the stratosphere. The intensified stratospheric polar vortex is shown to induce positive and negative ocean temperature anomalies in the North Atlantic Ocean. The positive ocean temperature anomaly migrated northward and was amplified when it approached an oceanic frontal zone approximately 3 years after the forcing became maximum. This delayed ocean response is similar to that observed. The result of this study supports oa previous hypothesis that suggests that the 11-year solar cycle signals on the Earth’s surface are produced through a downward penetration of the changes in the stratospheric circulation. Furthermore, the spatial structure of the signal is modulated by its interaction with the ocean circulation.

    https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/sola/13/0/13_2017-010/_article

    Full paper:
    https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/sola/13/0/13_2017-010/_pdf

  10. Bus test driving on Formic Acid. Using formic acid, a liquid at room temperature, as hydrogen carrier. Catalytically released Hydrogen fed into fuel cell generating electricity.

    The formic acid is synthetised from water and CO2. At the end of the cycle CO2 returned to atmosphere. Claimed efficiency of prototype is 33%, higher than the about 25% of using high pressure Hydrogen.

    http://www.teamfast.nl

    DutchNews.nl

    • This purported rebuttal actially confirms the original point made. It says 2.4 years for an Audi 6 at 15000 m/year. A smaller car uses less fuel and at 20000 m/yr which is what my other half does in her Toyota you easily getup to 8 years.

  11. http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/05/exclusive-study-finds-temperature-adjustments-account-for-nearly-all-of-the-warming-in-climate-data/

    EXCLUSIVE: Study Finds Temperature Adjustments Account For ‘Nearly All Of The Warming’ In Climate Data

    “A new study found adjustments made to global surface temperature readings by scientists in recent years “are totally inconsistent with published and credible U.S. and other temperature data.”

    “Thus, it is impossible to conclude from the three published GAST data sets that recent years have been the warmest ever – despite current claims of record setting warming,” according to a study published June 27 by two scientists and a veteran statistician.

    The peer-reviewed study tried to validate current surface temperature datasets managed by NASA, NOAA and the UK’s Met Office, all of which make adjustments to raw thermometer readings. Skeptics of man-made global warming have criticized the adjustments.

    Climate scientists often apply adjustments to surface temperature thermometers to account for “biases” in the data. The new study doesn’t question the adjustments themselves but notes nearly all of them increase the warming trend.

    Basically, “cyclical pattern in the earlier reported data has very nearly been ‘adjusted’ out” of temperature readings taken from weather stations, buoys, ships and other sources.

    In fact, almost all the surface temperature warming adjustments cool past temperatures and warm more current records, increasing the warming trend, according to the study’s authors.

    “Nearly all of the warming they are now showing are in the adjustments,” Meteorologist Joe D’Aleo, a study co-author, told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an interview. “Each dataset pushed down the 1940s warming and pushed up the current warming.”

    “You would think that when you make adjustments you’d sometimes get warming and sometimes get cooling. That’s almost never happened,” said D’Aleo, who co-authored the study with statistician James Wallace and Cato Institute climate scientist Craig Idso.

    Their study found measurements “nearly always exhibited a steeper warming linear trend over its entire history,” which was “nearly always accomplished by systematically removing the previously existing cyclical temperature pattern.”

    “The conclusive findings of this research are that the three [global average surface temperature] data sets are not a valid representation of reality,” the study found. “In fact, the magnitude of their historical data adjustments, that removed their cyclical temperature patterns, are totally inconsistent with published and credible U.S. and other temperature data.”

    Based on these results, the study’s authors claim the science underpinning the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to regulate greenhouse gases “is invalidated.”

    end excerpt

    Well, maybe there is a day of reckoning coming for the dishonest temperature record manipulators. The world will finally understand what a big lie they have been told by these charlatans.

  12. I made the mistake of trying to contact the Premier of South Australia to tell them that battery backup and storage was folly. They seem to have seen that as an invitation to send me their propaganda. I feel keeping a record here will be a great way to test whether or not their views are correct and help hold them to account. Fortunately I live in Western Australia where some smart politicans made attempts to reserve gas for domestic use and so we have no energy crisis over here and the cheapest electricity in Australia (even if the government is having to jack up prices because the previous government mismanaged the finances leaving the State worse than broke):

    South Australia is already leading the nation – today, we are leading the world.

    Today, we announced the world’s largest battery will be built in South Australia, under a historic agreement between French renewable energy company Neoen, US sustainable energy company Tesla and the South Australian Government.

    The battery will be located near Jamestown in the state’s north alongside Neoen’s Hornsdale wind farm.

    As promised, it will be built in 100 days or it’s free, ensuring it is in place before summer. The 100 day count will begin once the grid interconnection agreement has been signed.

    In March, we took a bold step forward to take charge of our energy future – and put forward a plan to deliver reliable and affordable power for all South Australians which included, among other things, a grid-level battery.

    This 100MW grid-level lithium ion battery will operate around the clock, providing stability services for renewable energy, while also being available to provide emergency back-up power when needed.

    This significant project will help bring new industries and jobs to South Australia.

    Importantly, it will improve reliability and drive down prices.

    Today’s announcement will make South Australia more self-reliant for its power.

    To find out more about Our Energy Plan, visit http://www.ourenergyplan.sa.gov.au

    Jay Weatherill
    Premier

  13. http://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/climate-change-american-mind-may-2017/

    40% of Americans think global warming will cause humans to become extinct. I don’t know of a single model supporting this belief. Most of the social cost of carbon is driven by increasing air conditioning costs in China (http://www.worldscientific.com/doi/abs/10.1142/S2010007817500099?src=recsys). Scientists should improve their communication about what the realistic risks of climate change are.

  14. http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/07/06/nasa-seeks-nuclear-reactors-to-act-as-energy-source-for-future-mars-exploration/

    NASA Seeks Nuclear Reactors to Act as Energy Source for Future Mars Exploration

    “Scientific American reports that as part of their plans for a manned expedition to Mars, NASA has begun researching nuclear fission reactors that would provide power to equipment on the planet. For the past three years, NASA’s technology development branch has been funding a project called Kilopower which has been developing working nuclear fission reactors that can be transported to Mars. The project is set to be tested for the first time at the Nevada National Security Site near Las Vegas in September of 2018.”

    end excerpt

  15. http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/07/new-satellite-data-still-shows-less-global-warming-than-climate-models/

    New Satellite Data Still Shows Less Global Warming Than Climate Models

    “Satellite temperature data still shows about 40 percent less warming than the average climate model trend, despite more warming being added to the satellite record after researchers corrected for decaying satellite orbits.

    The new updates, published in a recent study, increased the post-1998 warming trend 140 percent for the Remote Sensing System (RSS) satellite temperature database. Now, RSS shows more global warming than surface temperature records.

    RSS still shows less warming than the average climate model predictions, according to a climate scientist who operates a competing satellite temperature data set.

    “Our globally-averaged trend is now about +0.12 C/decade, while the new RSS trend has increased to about +0.17 C/decade,” Dr. Roy Spencer wrote on his blog Thursday.

    “Note these trends are still well below the average climate model trend for [the lower troposphere (LT)], which is +0.27 C/decade,” wrote Spencer, who co-manages satellite-derived temperature data out of the University of Alabama-Huntsville.”

    end excerpt

  16. Power Grid is being tested today in California. Maximum demand projected at 46,000 MW or a bit more around 6 pm local. Good thing, though, the solar panels are all working just fine. Solar (PV plus thermal, grid-scale only) is producing right at 9,000 MW at the noon hour, with wind expected to pick up in the late afternoon (as usual) for around 2000 to 3000 MW. Marginal energy cost (per CAISO-fifteen minute) is $44.54 per MWh. That’s just 4.4 cents per kWh.

    A fine day, actually. Total renewables is 11,000 MW at the moment, with zero problems on the grid.

    Makes one wonder why the Europeans cannot figure this out, also.

  17. Can someone explain to me the logic that is supposed to be in this article that links ‘climate change’ to damage to oysters’ ecoystems? http://features.weather.com/us-climate-change/washington/

    -As they say in the article, pH below 7 is acidic, and above 7 is basic.
    -Historical open ocean pH levels in the area have been around 8.1.
    -They recently measured the levels at a pH of 7.75.
    -This level is described as “a corrosive tipping point for the coast”
    -However this level is still basic.
    -Additionally as water warms, it out-gasses CO2.
    -They also cited a bunch of local polluting factors, but ‘climate change’ is the big ogre in the room.

    I am not getting it. How does a still-basic pH level of seawater become a ‘corrosive tipping point’? Any mollusk experts around?

  18. Saw this several years ago. If the environment is the issue, then forget reducing fossil fuel use…

    “In the 1960s Zimbabwean wildlife biologist-farmer Allan Savory made a significant breakthrough in understanding what was causing the degradation and desertification of the world’s grassland ecosystems and developed a way to restore the land to health using livestock as his primary tool.
    For centuries we believed livestock were a major cause of desertification, but Savory’s research showed that the cause lay in how those livestock were managed. His solution involved mimicking the behavior of the formerly vast herds of wild grazing animals he had witnessed as a young biologist. He devised a simple method any pastoralist can use to move massive amounts of carbon and water from the atmosphere back to the soil and begin reversing thousands of years of human-caused desertification – on the scale required, which no technology imaginable can accomplish. In the process, we can feed more people and enhance societal well-being.”

    Savory caused the slaughter of 40,000 elephants to save South African grasslands only to realize later that was the exact wrong thing to have done. Be forewarned he is a AGW believer, but with a different solution.

    http://www.savory.global/institute/#our-strategy

  19. My Bad.
    But ‘birds of a feather, flock together’ Aesop
    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/728972/imf-chief-were-cooked-if-we-fail-on-climate-change

    —International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said Wednesday that failure to take urgent action on global warming will condemn humanity to the same fate as the Peruvian poultry that so many delegates to the group’s annual meeting are enjoying this week in a country famed for its cuisine.
    “If we collectively chicken out of this we’ll all turn into chickens and we’ll all be fried, grilled, toasted and roasted,” said Lagarde.

  20. http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/08/listen-to-trumps-energy-secretary-slap-down-new-york-times-reporter-on-coal-audio/

    Listen To Trump’s Energy Secretary Slap Down New York Times Reporter On Coal

    “Perry was touring the Longview Power Plant specially to see how a highly efficient clean coal projects worked.

    Longview produces 700 net megawatts of electric power with a highly efficient heat rate of 8,700 Btu/per kilowatt-hour. That rate surpasses any other comparable coal-fired power plants in the country.”

    end excerpt

  21. This, for the battery-bears; those who fervently believe battery technology at grid-scale is a myth. News flash: it’s real, it’s here, and many of them are installed and working as designed. Australia has purchased a 100 MW battery from Tesla, for the grid and to assist with wind-turbine issues. The battery uses Li-Ion technology.

    https://www.tesla.com/en_EU/blog/tesla-powerpack-enable-large-scale-sustainable-energy-south-australia?redirect=no

  22. Top American Climatologist, an expert in climate modeling, exposes the fallacy that current climate models provide a realistic or reliable prediction of future climate change. In a 1-2-3 step guide to disposing of the global warming debate Dr. Duane Thresher says successful modeling with modern computers is “mathematically impossible.”

    Dr Thresher is among the elite of computer climate modelers. He has performed extensive work in climate proxy modeling at the University of Alaska and the Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany. He earned his PhD in Earth & Environmental Sciences (climate modeling/proxies) from Columbia University and at NASA he worked for Dr. James Hansen, the father of global warming, and Dr. Gavin Schmidt.

  23. I woke this morning and looked at the pacific water vapor maps and what do I see, a circulation pattern and an eye in the middle. Is this a real picture? Where is the news on this.

  24. The Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger has a scare story in today’s Sunday paper regarding forest loss due to sea level rise in the Pine Barrens of southeastern NJ. Although they mention land subsidence, they seem to wholly blame man-made climate change for sea level rise and encroachment on White ash forests and subsequent mortification, and they aver that the only fix for this is to refrain from emitting carbon.

    Here is the link:

    http://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/06/new_jersey_ghost_forest_pine_barrens_climate_chang.html

  25. Tesla to build world’s biggest lithium ion battery in South Australia.

    On Friday the state’s premier, Jay Weatherill, confirmed the deal, which forms a key part of the government’s $550m energy plan.

    The state government said Musk had confirmed his pledge made on Twitter in March that he could deliver the battery within 100 days of signing the contract or it would be delivered free.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jul/07/tesla-to-build-worlds-biggest-lithium-ion-battery-in-south-australia

  26. The G20 Annex on climate and energy
    https://www.g20.org/Content/DE/_Anlagen/G7_G20/2017-g20-climate-and-energy-en.pdf?__blob=publicationFile&v=5

    has many items of interest. One of the most marvelous distortions is the following section on subsidies

    “F.2. Inefficient Fossil Fuel Subsidies that Encourage Wasteful Consumption”

    Needless to say , there is no corresponding section on subsidies for renewables.

    They still promote a $100 billion per year fund to reach that value in 2020 and continue to 2025.

  27. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-40518995

    The future of all alternative energy devices that never should have seen the light of day.

    Building these monstrosities is a waste of tax payers money, time effort and sensibilities.

    If you truly believe that the planet is in distress there is really only one answer to the energy solution, as per Dr Micheal Mann, James Lovelock and a host of other leading edge “greenies”, and that is go Nuclear. Because that is unpalatable to “middle earth greenies”, we are encouraged to invest in pipe dream garbage like this piece of floating, fit only for scrap, junk instead….

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  29. Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has sent out a fund raising letter to members declaring “Choosing not to address climate change would put current and future generations at great risk.”
    The body of the email claims, “At AAAS, we do not have a partisan political agenda. But we do have an urgent mandate to rise up when others seemingly ignore evidence or attempt to manipulate science for political purposes. Whether it is dismissing science advisors at the EPA, ending cooperation to deal with climate change, or trying to curtail biomedical research—all of us are affected.
    It’s up to us, as science advocates, to do everything we can to support research and innovation, to see that scientific understanding is sought and provided, and to fight crippling attacks to the science enterprise. AAAS is leading the way, but we need your help to continue to protect the advancement of science and give policymakers the tools they need to make evidence-based decisions. ”
    I, for one, am a scientist NOT a science advocate. And it is my evidence-based conclusion that the global warming hypothesis is disproven. To insist that future generations are at risk from a non-problem is to engage not just in advocacy, but in fear mongering. *sigh* This is where my money goes.

    • Mumbles–I saw that too, and just commented on it at Tony’s blog. While truly a creative and entertaining read (along the lines of The Book of Revelation), there are so many factual inaccuracies one simply cannot keep track. And yes, the visuals are a nice touch. Perhaps some bedtime reading for my children–so I commit legal child abuse? Unbelievable. Just disgusting.

  30. https://lnkd.in/f8j34Pe

    A shame to lose such a sensible and competent scientist. His name first came to my attention in the 90’s when the then Green Peace CEO, Stephanie Mills, came door knocking looking for money and I explained that I couldn’t support such an extreme organisation as hers and questioned their take on AGW, or dangerous Sea Level Rise as was being promoted then in the early 90’s. She accused me of colluding with Prof De Freitas, someone I have never met unfortunately. I have since read his papers and often refer to his commentary when addressing the AGW topic. He demonstrated back in 2002 that the Climate Models were in fact useless and did not reflect the transient climate sensitivity observed. https://lnkd.in/f-ZhyHX

    A run in with Nano Girl last year even exposed her ignorance of his position on AGW, despite the fact she no doubt has office space not far from his at AU. She even accused him of supporting AGW, which was complete nonsense on her part, then she deleted her comments. She could learn a lot from his example.
    https://lnkd.in/gYQCiH6

    https://lnkd.in/g4amGyB
    https://lnkd.in/f-ZhyHX
    https://lnkd.in/f8j34Pe

  31. Al Gore is at it again,

    Scheduled for July 28th at a theatre near you….

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6322922/videoplayer/vi1430763033?ref_=vi_prev_btn

    Official Trailer
    http://www.imdb.com
    A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.

    I sent this to the Radio NZ host that has seen the preview and is trying to arrange a live interview with Al Gore to coincide with the general release after hearing him prattle on about keeping the content secret until release date for effect…..

    Gore is trying to use the accidental mismanagement and flooding of the 911 memorial site during storm Sandy in 2012 as proof of Climate change…..a very emotive and non scientific melo/psychodrama….

    Hello Jesse,

    Today after listening to your afternoon commentary and hearing about your preview of Al Gore’s latest efforts to scare 5 years olds at bedtime I found out the Prof Chris de Freitas died of cancer. This is a far more profound and locally relevant story concerning the supposed end of the World as death by CO2. Gore’s re-edit teaser is up on the net and has been for a few days actually….and its no surprise….

    No sea level rise needed, it was a construction management issue. Nano girl got into similar trouble last year trying to state that the Tamaki drive was flooded because of sea level rise, rather than the fact it slumped whilst being build because of local sedimentary issues and a poor understanding of ground loading pressures in the then infant science of geo-engineering . The Mangere Bridge also suffer similar slumpage.

    http://www.wnyc.org/story/248169-wtc-takes-water-officials-say-its-hurricane-proof/

    WTC Site Floods, But Officials Say Buildings Will Be …
    http://www.wnyc.org
    Millions of gallons of water streamed into the World Trade Center site during Sandy, cascading through the PATH terminal and down ramps used for construction vehicles …

    The storm incursion to the memorial site was more of a failed management issue than an fulfilled prediction. Gore is using very emotive arguments instead of scientifically based ones.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11627190

    Try telling the residents of Kaikoura with a 2 meter sea bed rise due to the uplift from the recent earthquake, as the entire East Coast of NZ is susceptible, that supposed Sea level rise is even worthy of consideration. Napier another an example form the 30’s

    I keep an running commentary on these issues for my students to consider, if they feel so inclined. You my care to watch Viscount Ridley’s commentary on the increased Global Greening, which is real and is measurable and is attributable to increased CO2 emissions, unlike the failed Climate modeling fiasco.

    https://sites.google.com/site/nzchinatravels/climate-change

    https://sites.google.com/site/nzchinatravels/climate-change/statistical-analysis-1

  32. http://m.france24.com/en/20170710-france-hulot-could-close-nuclear-plants

    The French dilemma: too many nuclear plants all dying at once, so will shut down up to 17 plants by 2025.

    By the way, the oldest French plant is 40 years old this year. So much for running 60 or 80 years!

    The US is in a similar position. Must shut down 30 or 40 aging and money-losing nuclear plants within 10 years.

    Replacements won’t be nuclear, won’t be coal, and won’t be hydroelectric in the US.

    That leaves only renewables and natural gas.

    • “… it’s all about the money….”
      And especially so with this dangerously bigoted “head of state”.
      Notice how he easily extracted 3bn euros (and more to come) from the EU, by threatening to unleash every migrant on Europe; and installed a dictatorship at the first opportunity, after the failed coup.

      This man will be serious trouble for the EU, which has no mechanism, or statesmen – nor the balls – to counter his bullying, greedy tactics.

  33. World Community Grid, which supports distributive-computing medical and science projects through participants sharing their PCs to crunch data, recently announced solicitation of projects involving environmental and climate-change research. I wonder if they would accept research projects which have a hypothesis that some of the current “consensus” conclusions on climate change are incorrect. https://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/about_us/viewNewsArticle.do?articleId=529&utm_source=digestWeekly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Digest&utm_content=body-article-link

  34. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/341369-trump-triggers-fight-over-yucca-waste-site

    Trump triggers fight over Yucca waste site

    “Supporters and opponents of the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site in Nevada are ramping up their advocacy efforts in hopes of swaying Congress and the Trump administration.

    For the first time in at least seven years, the proposed repository for high-level nuclear waste is on the political agenda in Washington, D.C., and lobbyists are dusting off their playbooks to once again advocate for or against the site.

    President Trump sought $120 million in his budget proposal for fiscal 2018 to restart the licensing process for Yucca, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry has become a vocal defender of the project.

    Meanwhile, the House is moving bipartisan legislation to mandate that the planning process restart and is considering funding for federal agencies to do so.

    The flurry of activity on Yucca is a major shift from the last administration. President Obama and his staff opposed Yucca, shut down the licensing process and advocated for a “consent-based” siting process for a repository, in which a site would be selected only if the local community wanted it there.

    Now that Obama and former Nevada Sen. Harry Reid (D), a vocal Yucca opponent, are out of office, Yucca is making a comeback.

    That’s good news for the nuclear power industry, which welcomes the opportunity to move forward on the project.”

    end except

  35. http://www.newsmax.com/Finance/StreetTalk/Nevada-electric-car-factory-China/2017/07/11/id/801005/

    Electric Car Maker Cancels Plan to Build $1 Billion Nevada Factory

    “An electric car maker deserted its plan to construct a $1 billion manufacturing plant in southern Nevada in a move experts say could spell trouble for the company and the broader niche electric automobile businesses.

    Faraday Future Chief Financial Officer Stefan Krause said Monday’s decision to scrap the plant was due to a shift in business strategy. The Gardena, California-based company said in a statement that it will now look for an existing facility to produce its electric vehicles in California or Nevada.

    Faraday Future halted work on the project outside Las Vegas last November, at the time calling the stoppage a “temporary adjustment” that wouldn’t affect plans to begin production in 2018. It sunk more than $120 million into the project.

    “It can be somewhat hard to believe that a company that was so aggressively spending money and moving things forward in their claimed goals will suddenly change direction and still get to where they want to get to,” said Karl Brauer, executive publisher at Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book. “You kind of don’t know — is this just an adjustment or is there going to be a freefall here?”

    He and others who closely watch the industry said the decision comes amid several industry changes that could drastically affect companies like Faraday and Tesla that offer uniquely all-electric lineups. Established car companies are releasing more electric options and it’s unclear whether President Donald Trump’s administration will continue tax breaks that incentivize the industry and motivate buyers.

    “I think the next 12 months are going to be very telling,” Brauer said. “It could drastically change the look of the electric car industry.”

    end excerpt

  36. China invests in distribution and energy production in Pakistan with a showcase windfarm.
    https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/business/first-pakistan-owned-wind-power-project-starts-operation/
    The 49.5mw facility is wholly financed by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.

    ‘Pakistan and China have signed $57-billion worth of energy and infrastructure projects under the CPEC framework. The bulk of the investment is going to energy projects, including renewable and clean energy to bridge the energy shortfall.’
    Perhaps the aim is to give Pakistan wind power and a grid.
    After that feed in coal fired power from China, just over the border.
    In the meanwhile build coal fired power in Pakistan.
    https://www.dawn.com/news/1330812
    The IEA forecasts that total electricity demand will rise to more than 49,000 MW by 2025 as the country’s population increases.

    Only 67 per cent of Pakistan’s approximately 190 million people have access to electricity, according to the World Bank.

    To improve access and keep pace with economic growth, the country needs to invest between 3.7 per cent and 5.5 per cent of its GDP each year in increasing electrical production, the bank said in a report on South Asian infrastructure published in 2013. Part of the motivation for building coal-powered plants lies in the availability of the fuel within Pakistan.

    The federal minister for planning, development and reform, Ahsan Iqbal, said that the sprawling desert region of Tharparkar in southern Pakistan, home to some of the world’s largest coal reserves, cannot be left unexploited.

    “Pakistan must tap these unutilised vast underground reserves of 175 billion tonnes of coal, adequate to meet the country’s energy needs for several decades, for powering the country’s economic wheel, creating new jobs, and fighting spiking unemployment and poverty,” Iqbal said.

    ‘Risks of worsening climate change
    Nevertheless, independent renewable energy experts say the government’s love affair with coal power plants is a huge worry.

    “No sane person would want electricity from dirty energy sources, even though supercritical technology is used,” said Malik Amin Aslam, a former state minister for the environment who serves as global vice-president of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

    “These plants, not being completely free of carbon emissions, will still harm the public health and the country’s environment,” he said.

    Pakistan is considered one of the countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, from worsening floods and scalding summer temperatures to erratic rainfall that can kill crops.’

    Wonder who will win?

  37. http://www.projectmidas.org/blog/calving/
    Larsen C calves trillion ton iceberg
    A one trillion tonne iceberg – one of the biggest ever recorded – has calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica. The calving occurred sometime between Monday 10th July and Wednesday 12th July 2017, when a 5,800 square km section of Larsen C finally broke away. The iceberg, which is likely to be named A68, weighs more than a trillion tonnes. Its volume is twice that of Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes.
    Map of Larsen C, overlaid with NASA MODIS thermal image from July 12 2017, showing the iceberg has calved
    NASA Suomi VIIRS panchromatic image from July 12 2017, confirming the calving

    The final breakthrough was detected in data from NASA’s Aqua MODIS satellite instrument, which images in the thermal infrared at a resolution of 1km, and confirmed by NASA’s Suomi VIIRS instrument.

  38. On shelves and bergs.

    Giant icebergs in the Weddell Sea, 1967–68
    Two giant icebergs are moving westwards along the coast of Antarctica in the Weddell Sea. They were conspicuous throughout the 1967–68 season in ESSA-3 satellite photographs supplied by the United States National Environmental Satellite Center to the British Antarctic Survey. The two icebergs were first unmistakeably seen during orbit No 4699 on 11 October 1967 and last clearly seen before the winter during orbit No 6408 on 24 February 1968. The leading iceberg, which is roughly 45 km by 100 km, was last seen moving out to sea westwards from a position about 100 km north of Halley Bay station. The second, some 70 km by 100 km, was parallel with Riiser-Larsen Ice Front in long 21°W, and separated from it by only a few kilometres of open water. Although there were periods of weeks in which there was no movement, presumably owing to the grounding of the icebergs on shoals, both moved some 500 km along the coast in four months.
    https://doi.org/10.1017/S0032247400064500

    OBSERVATION OF A GIANT ANTARCTIC TABULAR ICEBERG
    BY SATELLITE RADAR ALTIMETRY
    https://doi.org/10.1017/S0032247400007610
    The iceberg reported here was detected in radar altimeter data collected by NASA’s
    Seasat satellite, which operated between July and October 1978…..
    https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambridge-core/content/view/S0032247400007610

  39. Abrupt emergence of a large pockmark field in the German Bight, southeastern North Sea

    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-05536-1

    Abstract

    A series of multibeam bathymetry surveys revealed the emergence of a large pockmark field in the southeastern North Sea. Covering an area of around 915 km2, up to 1,200 pockmarks per square kilometer have been identified. The time of emergence can be confined to 3 months in autumn 2015, suggesting a very dynamic genesis. The gas source and the trigger for the simultaneous outbreak remain speculative. Subseafloor structures and high methane concentrations of up to 30 μmol/l in sediment pore water samples suggest a source of shallow biogenic methane from the decomposition of postglacial deposits in a paleo river valley. Storm waves are suggested as the final trigger for the eruption of the gas. Due to the shallow water depths and energetic conditions at the presumed time of eruption, a large fraction of the released gas must have been emitted to the atmosphere. Conservative estimates amount to 5 kt of methane, equivalent to 67% of the annual release from the entire North Sea. These observations most probably describe a reoccurring phenomenon in shallow shelf seas, which may have been overlooked before because of the transient nature of shallow water bedforms and technology limitations of high resolution bathymetric mapping.

  40. “What we’re seeing here is the effect of back-to-back bleaching events,” he says. “But I believe it is not quite as bad as people have been saying. Remember, when you are talking about something as large as the Great Barrier Reef, you are talking about something bigger than the United Kingdom.”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/ausandpacific/great-barrier-reef-endangered-demise-exaggerated-locals-claim-australia-queensland-unesco-world-a7827796.html

  41. Save the world, use Trojans! :)
    —————————————

    Serious about stopping climate change? Have one less child, UBC study says
    For one person to have any real impact on climate change, it would take some major sacrifices: give up the car, stop eating meat, avoid transatlantic flights and, most importantly, have one fewer child than you had planned, according to a new study by a researcher at the University of British Columbia.

    http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/want-to-stop-climate-change-have-one-less-child-ubc-study-says/wcm/13b6dfba-f535-454f-8cd6-cd261abea049

  42. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10584-017-2018-9

    The impacts of rising temperatures on aircraft takeoff performance

    Steadily rising mean and extreme temperatures as a result of climate change will likely impact the air transportation system over the coming decades. As air temperatures rise at constant pressure, air density declines, resulting in less lift generation by an aircraft wing at a given airspeed and potentially imposing a weight restriction on departing aircraft.

    We find that on average, 10–30% of annual flights departing at the time of daily maximum temperature may require some weight restriction below their maximum takeoff weights, with mean restrictions ranging from 0.5 to 4% of total aircraft payload and fuel capacity by mid- to late century. Both mid-sized and large aircraft are affected, and airports with short runways and high temperatures, or those at high elevations, will see the largest impacts

  43. Melting Arctic sea ice will cause polar bears to hunt people.
    —————————————————————–

    Polar bears hurt by climate change are more likely to turn to a new food source — humans
    The higher global temperatures go, the more likely polar bears are to interact with humans — and possibly attack and eat them
    http://nationalpost.com/news/world/polar-bears-hurt-by-climate-change-are-more-likely-to-turn-to-a-new-food-source-humans/wcm/d190a2d0-9241-4602-a3b8-f1d44890451f

    Polar bear attacks on humans: Implications of a changing climate
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wsb.783/abstract

  44. Prime Minister of Australia addresses rank and file Liberal membership and says there is a future for coal.
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/turnbull-labels-coal-opponents-delusional/news-story/3f7b70519cd552a57af357a740b4024d
    However policies he is overseeing will mean Australia is not part of that future, only the more innovative developing countries such as India, Pakistan/China and most of ASEAN, Australia’s major trading blocs.
    Not to mention the US, which has opened up gas production and so lowered its price.

  45. Continual exposure to low but not freezing temperature causes most mortality in humans by a wide margin.
    http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(14)62114-0.pdf
    People affected, of those studied, are mostly in Australia,China,Italy,Japan,South Korea,UK and USA.

    figure 2 pg 373 gives the histogram.
    Referenced from an article advertising CSR building products, especially those that insulate homes.
    http://www.csr.com.au/building-knowledge/internal-environments/australian-death-rate-due-to-cold-weather
    Original blog
    http://joannenova.com.au/

  46. Hooray! Another climate change study, based on tree rings, proxies and models.
    ——————-

    Regina researcher part of new study that shows it’s ‘virtually impossible’ to dispute climate change
    New database shows temperature records going back as far as 2,000 years
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/saskatchewan-climate-change-canada-research-1.4207880

    A global multiproxy database for temperature reconstructions of the Common Era
    https://www.nature.com/articles/sdata201788

  47. https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/07/17/Great-Plains-to-see-more-dust-storms-in-second-half-of-the-21st-century/7361500300959/?utm_source=fp&utm_campaign=ls&utm_medium=4

    Great Plains to see more dust storms in second half of the 21st century

    “July 17 (UPI) — Climate change will bring more dust storms to the Great Plains in the latter half of the 21st century, according to the latest prediction models.

    According to new models developed by climate scientists at Princeton University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, already dry and dusty regions, like southwestern deserts and the central plains, will become drier and dustier in the second half of the 21st century. The increase in dry, dusty conditions in the southern parts of the Great Plains is expected to encourage an increase in the prevalence of dust storms.”

    end excerpt

    Here in the southern part of the Great Plains it is currently below average in temperatures for July, and it has rained more than normal for an average July. No dustbowls around here. We are not even close to currently being “already dry and dusty regions”.

  48. http://www.entrelemanetjura.ch/BLOG_WP_351/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/2017.01-20-FKR-sur-CO2.pdf

    A Swiss physicist finds that CO2 has far less effect on temperature than alarmists believe, and that a rise in atmospheric CO2 to ten times its current level would increase temperature just 0.8 degrees C.

    “Our results permit to conclude that CO2 is a very weak greenhouse gas and cannot be accepted as the main driver of climate change. The observed temperature increase since pre-industrial times is close to an order of magnitude higher than that attributable to CO2. We find that the increase of CO2 only might become dangerous, if the concentrations are considerably greater than 4000 ppm. At present rates of increase this would take more than 200 years. Therefore, demands for sequestering CO2 are unjustified and trading of CO2 certificates is an economic absurdity. The climate change must have a very different origin and the scientific community must look for causes of climate change that can be solidly based on physics and chemistry.”

  49. https://www.yahoo.com/news/natural-disasters-less-devastating-2017-munich-103904188.html

    Natural disasters less devastating in 2017: Munich Re

    “Frankfurt am Main (AFP) – Natural catastrophes worldwide were less devastating in the first half of 2017 than the average over the past 10 years, reinsurer Munich Re said Tuesday, while highlighting the role of climate change in severe US storms.

    Some 3,200 people lost their lives to disasters between January and June, the German group found — well short of the 10-year average of 47,000 for the period or the 5,100 deaths in the first half of 2016.

    April floods and landslides in Colombia that claimed 329 lives were the deadliest single event.

    Elsewhere, an April-June heatwave in India killed 264 people, while floods, landslides and avalanches claimed around 200 lives in Sri Lanka, 200 in Afghanistan and 200 Bangladesh.

    Disasters inflicted a financial cost of around $41 billion in the first six months, Munich Re reported.

    That was less than half of the $111 billion toll in the same period last year, or the average of $102 billion over the past 10 years”

    end excerpt

    The promoters of CAGW say we should be seeing more numerous and more severe natural disasters caused by CO2, but as we can see, just the opposite is happening. Back to the drawing board, CAGW promoters.

  50. Uh?

    http://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/article/why-a-single-nukes-impact-shouldnt-only-be-measured-in-megatons/

    “In a new report, a group of experts led by Adam Liska, a biological systems engineer at Nebraska, has determined that a single nuclear warhead could cause devastating climate change resulting in widespread drought and famine that could cost a billion lives.”

    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00139157.2017.1325300

    “…use of as few as 1 to 10 deployed nuclear weapons, and fewer than 25 of these prevalent types, from the five official nuclear weapons countries could produce a nuclear drought…”

    I guess we were lucky that they did not have any advanced climate models when Tsar Bomba was detonated…

  51. http://freerangereport.com/index.php/2017/07/20/fired-epa-staffers-form-rogue-anti-trump-support-group/

    Alumni from Obama EPA seek new opportunities to oppress. They consider themselves very special indeed. If there is any doubt about deep state operatives this should put that to rest. This is the government funded Monkey Wrench Gang. It’s no wonder they don’t have to burn down ski resorts and lumber mills any more they are running the EPA shop!!!

  52. In searching for a story on the closing of the Ontario turbine factory I ran across this old (2014) story on windmills killing bats by causing low pressure zones they can’t tolerate. That was the first I’d heard of it and thought I’d pass it along given all the concerns lately with the bat populations. Maybe you know someone knowledgable enough about the issue to do a followup article?

    http://nationalpost.com/g00/news/canada/wind-farms-causing-thousands-of-bats-to-die-of-collapsed-lungs-annually-in-alberta-top-bat-expert/wcm/58dec358-dc69-4d88-933f-8ddcfccba6d2?i10c.referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

  53. Haven’t seen much commentary on the HONEST Act. Passed by the House when I checked on 21/07/2017, but not by the Senate.

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1430

    Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act of 2017 or the HONEST Act

    This bill amends the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating a covered action unless all scientific and technical information relied on to support such action is the best available science, specifically identified, and publicly available in a manner sufficient for independent analysis and substantial reproduction of research results. A covered action includes a risk, exposure, or hazard assessment, criteria document, standard, limitation, regulation, regulatory impact analysis, or guidance. Personally identifiable information, trade secrets, or commercial or financial information obtained from a person and privileged or confidential must be redacted prior to public availability.

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1430/text

    An Act: To prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible.

    (Not sure why they put Sec. 2(3)(C) in there though – there must be a cunning plan…)

  54. Wow! Capitalism is evil.
    Exxon’s GHG emissions cause GW doom and gloom, droughtfloods, extreme weather, and war.
    —————————————
    Naomi Klein: how power profits from disaster
    After a crisis, private contractors move in and suck up funding for work done badly, if at all – then those billions get cut from government budgets. Like Grenfell Tower, Hurricane Katrina revealed a disdain for the poor
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/06/naomi-klein-how-power-profits-from-disaster

    • This was also run about two weeks ago in the daily Telegraph, Sydney Australia.

      Just to recap the scientists were taken into a bay with two years of floating pack ice and 12 inches of fresh snow where they were trapped.
      http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/editorials/stuck-on-a-ship-of-cold-fools/news-story/77fb2d5d56974d2f83a30b849ecb87ab

      Unluckily for us, there appears to have been a mass breakout of thick, multiyear sea ice on the other side of the Mertz Glacier; years after the loss of the Mertz Glacier tongue. There was nothing to suggest this event was imminent. We have had regular updates on the state of the sea ice in the area and had been monitoring the region for the last year. We also had regular weather forecasts from two different sources: one from the Australian Antarctic Division base at Casey and the other a European company called Meteoexploration used by expeditioners. Both forecasts suggested consistent conditions.

      The forecasts were correct, but it was soon clear that the armadas of ice that started to appear were thick and old. Captain Igor tried to beat a path to open water but the size of the sea ice overwhelmed the Shokalskiy. In places the ice was three metres thick with little open water to push aside. With the southeasterly winds, the ice would not budge and we were caught just two to four miles from the sea-ice edge. Getting stuck is not unusual for ships here. The vessel we are on now, the Aurora Australis, was stuck for four weeks earlier in the season.

      Let’s be clear. Us becoming locked in ice was not caused by climate change. Instead it seems to have been an aftershock of the arrival of iceberg B09B which triggered a massive reconfiguration of sea ice in the area.
      https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science/chris-turney-responds-critics-antarctic-science-expedition

      A disconnect opened between ‘correct forecasts’ and observational reality.
      A metaphor for the climate debate.

      We still don’t know who paid..
      The Russians who got stuck
      The Australians who diverted an icebreaker
      The Uni of NSW and the Climate Team
      Us Taxpayers.

  55. “Manhattan has a higher density of human beings, so a higher density of garbage,” he explained.

    The city is doing what it can to wipe out the whiskers, though.

    The Health Department recently began placing dry ice in several parks and “rat reservoir” sites. The dry ice dissipates into carbon dioxide, asphyxiating the rats in their burrows.

    … I wonder if they bought CO2 offsets

  56. GAR ALPEROVITZ: Well, that’s what’s interesting. Because if you use the common techniques –- they call it quantitative easing –- if you use those techniques, you could create sufficient funds, essentially, to buy out the oil companies and nationalize them. And to create that kind of a fund, and get them out of the way politically, for doing what has to be done on climate change, urgently.

    Because they are the major blocking power that’s stopped us from doing all the solar insulation, and doing all the solar development, wind development, insulation in general. There’s a whole series of things we know ought to be done — and stopping using fossil fuels.

  57. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40699986

    I would be interested to hear what people think of this. UK rules coming in to effect which will allow electricity users to save money. How? By agreeing to have your washing machine switched on by the internet when there is surplus power around and by accepting your freezer being switched off for a while when there is too much demand.

    I thought Big brother just watched you not switched things on and off in your house. Yikes.

    • More at The Guardian
      https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jul/24/uk-winter-rain-met-office-supercomputer-record-rainfall-flooding
      Prediction of one in 3 chance of record flooding.
      Richard Allan, professor of climate science and joint head of the department of meteorology at the University of Reading, said exceptional seasonal rainfall in the UK was the result of a “perfect storm” of atmospheric influences.
      “As the planet continues to warm due to human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, extra moisture in the air will fuel increasingly intense rainfall causing a continued rise in the risk of damaging events into the future.”

      His colleague, Prof Len Shaffrey, from the university’s National Centre for Atmospheric Science, added: “Using weather and climate models to better understand the probability of extreme weather is an important method that is becoming more widely used to help inform those dealing with weather impacts about the risks of extreme events.

      “Future research needs to evaluate how well weather and climate models are able to accurately simulate other extreme weather events, for example droughts and heatwaves, if we want to use models to better understand extreme weather risks and how they might be changing.”

      Shaffrey’s point is well argued.

      The irony is that the trailer Ad on the top of the page advertises Tim Flannery and a trip with him.
      Remember he was the one that predicted endless drought in Australia.
      Our dams would not fill. Despite this they are near full.
      We do indeed need better models.
      With the above prediction, any way the cards fall, it can be explained as either a record or one that we dodged.
      If one waits long enough the prediction will surely become true.
      Natural and so inevitable climate change needs to be understood before any model can work.

  58. http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/24/report-scott-pruitt-may-ask-former-obama-official-to-lead-a-climate-red-team/

    Report: Scott Pruitt May Ask Former Obama Official To Lead A Climate ‘Red Team’

    “Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt might ask a former Obama-era official to head the agency’s climate debate team, according to a report published Monday.

    Steve Koonin, a physicist and former Department of Energy head during the Obama administration, is being considered to lead a “red team, blue team” tactic on climate change, said Myron Ebell, who headed President Donald Trump’s transition team.

    “It makes sense because he has positioned himself as an honest broker,” Ebell said. “He doesn’t think that the consensus is what some of the alarmists claim it is, and there’s a lot that needs to be discussed.”

    Koonin did not respond to reporter’s questions about the veracity of Ebell’s claims, but added: “I think it would be a good idea if that kind of exercise took place.” He made generally supportive remarks about the red team idea earlier this year, writing in an April editorial earlier that the approach could help deflate the politics surrounding climate change.

    “A Red/Blue exercise would have many benefits,” Koonin wrote. “It would produce a traceable public record that would allow the public and decision makers a better understanding of certainties and uncertainties. It would more firmly establish points of agreement and identify urgent research needs.”

    The idea essentially pits climate skeptics against academics who argue that human beings are the primary drivers of climate change. Pruitt first announced the idea in June, and has since suggested that the debates should be televised.”

    end excerpt

  59. 25 July 2017 – 11:57 am

    “Heat Deaths Rise To 217” “Eight Day In a Row At 100 or Higher”
    —————————————————————————————
    — St. Louis Post Dispatch, 25 July 1934, Page 1 —

    Story resurrected on 21 July 2017 by the same paper, including its
    positioning at the left margin of Page 1.

    https://stltoday.newspapers.com/clip/12522390/1934_heatrelated_deaths_reach_217/

    https://stltoday.newspapers.com/image/?spot=12522390&fcfToken=52704c6869535a326563472f78484f336d677269444d5a366f7577794a6e6a3166454f4438685a362b4649414c687844415457653156774c6e32676e74332b5073327846773577496965553d

    Miguel Rakiewicz
    ————————

  60. Is CTE the next climate climate? Contact sports may very well be an underlying cause of CTE, but right now it seems we just have some observations without the appropriate controls or tests. Had a discussion with a colleague about this today after the big news and it seems like it’s building up much the same way as climate change. The news today is 110/111 former football players had CTE. Very intriguing. Were they all part of same control group? What are the other control groups? Could it be something else (perhaps climate change causes this)? We are really just scratching the surface on these observations, but do not yet have the appropriate science to back up the contention that football = CTE. If I didn’t trust this colleague I wouldn’t even have brought the topic up as everyone seems to assume this too is settled science.

  61. Wow! Al Gore pitches his new film, with lots of misinformation about the climate crisis, CO2 pollution, and GW doom and gloom.
    ———————
    Al Gore re-enters climate change conversation with new film
    Al Gore talks about his award-winning 2006 film and his new documentary, which looks at the climate change fight and what he thinks needs to happen next.
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational/al-gore-re-enters-climate-change-conversation-with-new-film-1.4220063

  62. UK to follow France in banning all new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40723581

    Pointless gesture politics. Previous posts/comments have touched on the massive practical difficulties in building a new nationwide infrastructure capable of providing the electricity needed to recharge everyone’s cars at home, AND LORRIES across the country. This announcement doesn’t address, nor even seem to consider, the huge practical difficulties.

  63. Urban Heat Island…

    “…the estimated urban-induced trends in the daily minimum and mean temperature are 0.167 and 0.085 °C decade−1, accounting for 33.6 and 22.4% of total surface warming, respectively.”

    Estimated influence of urbanization on surface warming in Eastern China using time-varying land use data
    Authors
    Weilin Liao,
    Dagang Wang,
    Xiaoping Liu,
    Guiling Wang,
    Jinbao Zhang
    First published: 11 October 2016

    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/joc.4908/full

  64. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-climatechange-geoengineering-idUSKBN1AB0J3?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social
    “OSLO (Reuters) – Scientists are sucking carbon dioxide from the air with giant fans and preparing to release chemicals from a balloon to dim the sun’s rays as part of a climate engineering push to cool the planet.”
    What could possibly go wrong?

    Buried in the story:
    “… isolating carbon dioxide is complex because the gas makes up just 0.04 percent of the air.”
    What a monstrously powerful substance!!!!

  65. https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2017/07/26/heartlands-6-reasons-to-be-a-climate-change-skeptic-are-six-demonstrable-lies.
    I’m trying to use my phone to do this. Sorry I’m not that good at copying and pasting. I have been a follower of WUWT for quite some time and felt the need to forward this story to you. It’s basically a rebuttal of a heartland story. All pertaining to skepticism over cliamate change
    I really get a kick out of these journalist view .

  66. IAG in Australia puts a submission to the senate enquiry on cladding materials.
    They claim high non compliance with existing and changing regulation in Australia.
    Details of UK,Chinese,French and Melbourne, Australia high rise fires.
    Consider cladding insulates buildings and part of green design.
    Avoids discussing marginal improvement cost aspects of insulating concrete structures which are already insulated by their structural concrete.
    Describes the initiating event of the UK fire as an electrical fault.
    Careful to avoid questions of green butane refrigerant exploding causing the fire from within.
    Refers to the May enquiry.
    Points out that without knowing the danger of fire they cannot quantify risk.
    Corollary not stated is they cannot protect their margin.
    States risk assesment is better for the client as insurability is better calculated.
    Implication is that there will otherwise be under as well as overinsurance.
    https://www.iag.com.au/submission-non-conforming-cladding

    No doubt other insurers will make a submission.

  67. There’s an article (http://www.silver-phoenix500.com/article/why-economists-cannot-forecast-recessions) which, especially in the first 1/3 of it, shows that economic forecasting has been lousy. Only 2 recessions worldwide have been predicted successfully over the last 30 years.

    And yet, WG3 reports of the IPCC (and other economic forecasts dealing with CAGW) are not criticized as originating from an incompetent source. Economists should be brought into the criticism that we heap on alarmist ‘climate scientists.’

  68. Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics, etc., quoted in Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Timothy Ferriss

    “If you want to solve a problem—any problem that you care enough about to want to solve—you almost certainly come to it with a whole lot of ideas about it. Ideas about why it’s an important problem, what is it that bothers you exactly, who the villains are in the problem, etc.

    “So if you’re an environmentalist, and you believe that one of the biggest tragedies of the last 100 years is people despoiling the environment, the minute you hear about an issue that kind of abuts the environment, whether it’s honeybee collapse or something having to do with air quality, your immediate moral position is, ‘Well, I know exactly what the cause of that is. It’s caused by people being stupid and careless and greedy’ and so on.

    “Now that may be true, but it also may not be true. Our point is, if you try to approach every problem with your moral compass, first and foremost, you’re going to make a lot of mistakes. You’re going to exclude a lot of possible good solutions. You’re going to assume you know a lot of things, when in fact you don’t, and you’re not going to be a good partner in reaching a solution with other people who don’t happen to see the world the way you do.””

  69. Article in “The Australian” on the Oz Bureau of Meteorology caught “tampering” with temperature records from some stations. The BoM claims all is above board but it’s unsurprising the deleted records were of low temperatures. Apparently the equipment in some places is set so that if temps go below a low threshold (in this case -10degC), they revert to the threshold; lower temps then have to be manually checked and reentered. Does this happen elsewhere in the world or is it just that we are using cheap/faulty/inadequate equipment?
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/climate/bureau-of-meteorology-opens-cold-case-on-temperature-data/news-story/c3bac520af2e81fe05d106290028b783

  70. Title: Pulse of the Planet: Monitoring the world and national climate for, and with, NOAA

    Date/Time: Wednesday August 2, 2017 from 12pm-1pm

    https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/seminars/

    Speaker: Derek “Deke” Arndt, Chief, Monitoring Branch, Center for Weather and Climate, NOAA/NESDIS National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)

    Abstract: Twice each month, once for the US climate and once for the global climate, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) issues its monthly climate reports and associated data. These reports synthesize several NOAA datasets, as well as those from outside partners, to provide the “play by play” of the climate system. This presentation will share some details of how these reports come together, the various associated tools that accompany the reports, and a brief overview of the state of the climate system as of mid-2017.

    About the Speaker: Deke Arndt is the Chief of the Climate Monitoring Branch (CMB) at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information in Asheville, NC. The CMB staff are the scorekeepers of the global climate system. They track climate on large scales (global warming) and on smaller scales (regional drought). The U.S. Drought Portal (drought.gov) is also housed in the CMB. Mr. Arndt is the lead editor of the State of the Climate report, the “annual physical” of the climate system, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. This year’s version was written by 460 authors from 62 countries. Mr. Arndt is the chair of the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s (GCRP’s) Climate Indicator Working Group. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.

  71. Yahoo front page welcomed me minutes ago with…

    “Study: Earth’s temp could rise 35-40 degrees by 2100”

  72. WaPo invests in weapons grade stupid.

    “We only have a 5 percent chance of avoiding ‘dangerous’ global warming, a study finds”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/07/31/we-only-have-a-5-percent-chance-of-avoiding-dangerous-global-warming-a-study-finds/?utm_term=.2f0cf56e6bb8

    “… Last week, a group of climate researchers published research suggesting the climate has been warming for longer than we thought due to human influences — in essence, pushing the so-called “preindustrial” baseline for the planet’s warming backwards in time. The logic is clear: If the Earth has already warmed more than we thought due to human activities, then there’s even less remaining carbon dioxide that we can emit and still avoid 2 degrees of warming.”

    For a settled science it’s worse than we thought a lot.

    “… The research finds that the median warming is likely to be 3.2 degrees Celsius, and further concludes that there’s only a 5 percent chance that the world can hold limiting below 2 degrees Celsius and a mere 1 percent chance that it can be limited below 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). That will come as bad news for vulnerable small island nations in particular, which have held out for a 1.5 degree target, along with other particularly vulnerable nations.”

    Fright-porn at its finest. Even Figueres gets Trotskyed out.

  73. Get ready for the next Google tax credit moonshot.

    Alphabet Sees Power in Molten Salt, a New Moonshot
    Google parent developed plans to store electricity from solar panels or wind turbines as thermal energy in hot salt and cold liquids, such as antifreeze

    • That site is amusing. Arctic ice is always melting there at alarming rates, no matter what.

      The fact is that 2017 extent is higher at this point than in the record low year of 2012. So if, as then, we have cyclones in August or September, this year is still liable not to record a new low. If there is a cyclone, or even two, as last year, the ice is still not going to be “gone”, since it wasn’t even in the exceptionally low year of 2012.

    • Also higher than 2007, the record low year before 2012.

      Extent will probably soon cross over the super El Nino years of 2015 and 2016 as well.

      Sea ice started out low last spring because of the 2016 low.

  74. As of late July Google has ended its instant search results feature. (There were claims here that it presented biased results, with omissions of skeptics.) Google says half of all searches are now done on mobile devices, where such results aren’t much use.

  75. For the last 18 consecutive days the sun has been mostly spotless (12 days) or presenting tiny spots only (6 days with SESC sunspot number <15).

  76. Trump administration delivers notice U.S. intends to withdraw from Paris climate deal

    The notice, which will be released by the State Department and transmitted by the U.S. delegation to the United Nations, will be the first written notice that the administration plans to pull out of the 2015 pact, which has won the support of nearly 200 nations.

    ….Under the terms of the Paris deal, the U.S. can’t fully withdraw until Nov. 4, 2020 — one day after the next presidential election. The next president could decide to rejoin the agreement if Trump doesn’t win a second term.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/04/trump-notice-withdraw-from-paris-climate-deal-241331

  77. I have been playing with this site: https://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/grad/surfrad/
    I have noted that the net IR depends on temperature (higher temperature gives more net radiation from Earth) and even more dependent on RH (higher RH gives less net radiation).
    I have not the tools or the skills to really dig into those data, but they could show some interesting climate data regarding waters influence.

  78. Pakistan decided to build the terminal and ship LNG to Karachi rather than overland from Iran built by the Chinese.
    https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/business/pakistan-abandons-2b-gwadar-nawabshah-gas-pipeline-project/

    A key decision was taken during a high-level meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the first week of June, while the Federal Ministry of Petroleum was directed to drop the Gwadar-Nawabshah gas pipeline project and commence work on the new Port Qasim LNG terminal in Karachi. The PML-N government reportedly took the critical decision after American objections.

    This project was considered as an alternate to the Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline since the US sanctions on Iran for their nuclear programmes.

    On the other hand, the decision would be a setback for the Chinese, who had signed an agreement in April 2015 for the laying of the Gwadar-Nawabshah gas pipeline project.

    An outcome would be US LNG to Pakistan.

  79. McManus did not respond to a request for evidence of Gore’s offsets. But let’s set aside the dispute over Gore’s carbon footprint, because the report raises a much bigger question: Should prominent climate advocates be expected to live a carbon-neutral lifestyle? Are they hypocrites if they don’t? Right-wing critics would have you believe so—that these moralizing elitists are making rules for the public that they themselves don’t have to follow. This has a powerful appeal, especially today. But ultimately the argument is deceitful faux-populism, and the real hypocrites here are the purveyors of it.

    But the hypocrisy charge simply doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. An anti-abortion advocate who believes abortion is immoral and should be illegal, but gets one herself, is a hypocrite. But climate change advocates who don’t live a carbon-neutral lifestyle aren’t hypocrites because, for the most part, they’re not asking you to live a carbon-neutral lifestyle. They’re asking governments, utilities, energy companies, and large corporations to increase their use of renewable energy so that you can continue to live your life as you please, without contributing to global warming.

    https://newrepublic.com/article/144199/al-gores-carbon-footprint-doesnt-matter

  80. Roger Sowell’s promotional article in defence of offshore industrial wind turbines has more comments than most articles get, if my assessment is correct. This is an extremely hot topic and people are weighing in on the information he has packed into this unusually long article.
    He seems to be selectively responding with his comments and has ignored the topic of infrasound and harm to human health.
    Might you consider publishing an article like this one?
    https://patch.com/massachusetts/falmouth/wind-turbines-killing-whales-save-polar-bears

    I don’t expect that the author will respond to my request for his argument to the two issues I brought forth on infrasound.

  81. US has already been affected by climate change.

    Now the warmist narrative is that Trump will suppress this report.
    The opportunity is to trial the Red /Blue Team, on it.
    With the lowest prices for electricity and a real fall in CO2 output compared with its economic rivals,the US
    led by Trump, can afford to ‘let the games begin’.

  82. One of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) longest and most successful air pollution standards is based on a taxpayer-funded study plagued by “data fabrication and falsification,” according to a veteran toxicologist.

    Toxicologist Albert Donnay says he’s found evidence a 1989 study commissioned by EPA on the health effects of carbon monoxide, which, if true, could call into question 25 years of regulations and billions of dollars on catalytic converters for automobiles.

    “They claimed to find an effect when there wasn’t one,” Donnay told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “They even fabricated the methods they used to get their results.”

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/07/exclusive-researcher-claims-to-have-evidence-one-of-epas-most-successful-clean-air-rules-is-based-on-fabricated-data/

  83. “The National Climate Assessment seems to be on autopilot because there’s no political[sic] that has taken control of it,” said Myron Ebell, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He was referring to a lack of political direction from the Trump administration.

    • Here are the details on the beast from Wiki, the heicht really is 220m.

      Starting November 2013, a prototype was installed at Østerild test station. The bottom tower sections weighs over 200 tonnes and is 24 metres long and 7 metres in diameter. The nacelle weighs 390 tonnes. The turbine weighs 1,300 tonnes and the foundation weighs 4,000 tonnes. The total height is 220 m (720 ft).[14] It became operational in January 2014.[15] Later that year favourable winds allowed it to sustain its rated 8 MW power for 24 hours for a record one-day production of 192 MWh.[16] In 2017 the 9 MW version did the same for a new one-day production record of 216 MWh.[17]

  84. The Seattle Times yesterday carried a lengthy article entitled Outdoor enthusiasts hot on the trail of climate change

    The title was misleading; the article barely mentions climate change. It is really about citizen science, which it largely endorses. It mentions citizen involvement in collecting observations of two life forms recently discussed on this site: The Edith’s Checkerspot butterfly, and the pika. Example:
    “I see these (pika) all the time–I’d like to help these guys out,

  85. … what Mazda is doing is offering a sort-of diesel engine that runs on gasoline. This is said to have all sorts of benefits ranging from power, torque, fuel economy to emissions. It would be offered in Mazdas starting in 2019.

    This kind of innovation may be partially what’s behind Toyota’s increasing partnership with Mazda: here.:
    http://corporatenews.pressroom.toyota.com/releases/toyota+mazda+enter+business+capital+alliance.htm?view_id=41553

    Wide ranging in nature, from equity cross-ownership to factories and technology, the most visible portion of this Toyota-Mazda agreement will be the building of a new factory in North America.

    https://seekingalpha.com/article/4096302-mazdas-new-invention-diesel-without-diesel?li_source=LI&li_medium=liftigniter-widget

    Yambol (1st comment on the thread above)
    LOL it is funny how I posted few comments around 2 weeks ago about the new ICE inventions and how this will make ICE cars superior for 50 to 100 more years. Combine that with the Toyota hybrid technology and no new technology will beat such ICE engine(s.) LOL good luck to all who believe in the alternative energy engines sci-for instance.

  86. I won’t have time to write a post about this for a couple days.

    Pen Hadow is back – he is attempting to sail to the North Pole this year.

    http://www.arcticmission.com/
    The main page, but only works for me if I disable CSS. Little content.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/pen-hadow-arctic-mission-sailing-to-the-north-pole-2017-8
    Much better source.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/10/15/top-ten-reasons-why-i-think-catlin-arctic-ice-survey-data-cant-be-trusted/
    A summary of the Catlin Arctic Ice Survey, a stunt hike to the north pole by Hadow in 2009.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/?s=pen+hadow+catlin
    More bad memories, if you can stand them.

  87. What’s a greater threat to Guam? North Korea, or climate change?

    HONG KONG — The island of Guam made rare headlines this week when North Korea, responding to blustery language from President Trump, threatened to fire four ballistic missiles into waters near the American territory’s shores. Some Guam residents told reporters that they worried what might happen if North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, were actually to follow through.

    Scientists in Guam, however, say they have at least one other major threat in mind: climate change.

  88. Would a more green earth absorb more heat because green absorbs heat better than brown dirt and rock? Some years back somebody programmed their climate program as if the entire US were 100% forest and the program found that the temperature of the US went up several degrees. An increase in moisture was not figured in.
    https://judithcurry.com/2016/04/26/rise-in-co2-has-greened-planet-earth/
    ” “The greening over the past 33 years reported in this study is equivalent to adding a green continent about two‑times the size of mainland USA (18 million km2), and has the ability to fundamentally change the cycling of water and carbon in the climate system,” says lead author Dr. Zaichun Zhu.”
    So if the total land area is about 510 million km2 that would be about 3.5%.

  89. http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/11/feds-spend-22-8-million-helping-california-fix-the-dam-it-neglected-for-years/

    Feds Spend $22.8 Million Helping California Fix The Dam It Neglected For Years

    “California is receiving $22.8 million from federal disaster officials to aid in cleanup procedures for the February collapse of the Oroville River Dam spillway, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Wednesday.

    The Oroville River Dam crisis led Lake Oroville to overflow and endangered hundreds of thousands of people.

    Both federal and state governments had been warned about the condition of the spillway from as far back as 2005. The crisis caused $500 million in damages. California contends the federal government should pay 75 percent but, depending on the findings of federal investigators, the state may receive significantly less, the Ventura County Star reports.

    “That [$22.8 million] was just the first of many reimbursements,” California Department of Water Resources (DWR) spokeswoman Erin Mellon said, according to the Ventura County Star.

    Despite what Mellon says, emergency federal funds to the state may be cut off if federal regulators believe the crisis was caused by lack of routine maintenance.

    “Is there a maintenance issue here, because they’re not going to cover that. If it’s an emergency response, they’re going to cover,” then-DWR director Bill Croyle told lawmakers in May according to the Ventura County Star.”

    end excerpt

  90. I just have an off the wall question, if you don’t mind thinking or touching on it in a post. I haven’t seen anything written about it, but maybe I have missed it, no one has thought about it, or people have but dismissed it.

    Obviously there are many weather related or weather affecting oscillations that have been identified, the El Nino / La Nina one for example. There are the on/off “atmospheric” oscillations which produce hurricanes and in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific and typhoons in the western Pacific. Is there any evidence of a overall atmospheric oscillation or more accurately a rotation wherein temperatures generally of warmer or cooler conditions will travel over a period of time. What I mean is warmer temps covering almost continental size areas will move slowly in say and easterly direction thus affecting North America, then Europe, onto Western Asia, Eastern Asia and returning again to North America, with all that happening over a 15 or 20 year period?

    Just curious. I’ll keep an eye out for comment or you can just email me with a curt “No, but thanks for asking.”

  91. Mazda’s New “Skyactiv-X” Gasoline-Powered Diesel Engine

    On August 8, on the finance-oriented website Seeking Alpha, at https://seekingalpha.com/article/4096302-mazdas-new-invention-diesel-without-diesel?li_source=LI&li_medium=liftigniter-widget, Anton Wohlman posted an article titled “Mazda’s New Invention: Diesel, Without The Diesel.” Its summary contains the following:

    * Mazda looks to be first to mainstream production with a sort-of diesel engine that takes gasoline as its fuel.

    * This technological breakthrough looks to combine many of the best characteristics of diesel and gasoline engines alike.

    * Building on Mazda’s agreement with Toyota from April 2015, this may account for some of the expanded Mazda-Toyota partnership announced this week. … the most visible portion of this Toyota-Mazda agreement will be the building of a new factory in North America.

    * Mazda leads the Japanese diesel market, and perhaps it will now conquer the U.S. market with innovative engine technology as well.

    Here’s an impressive 3-minute video touting the “Skyactiv” diesel technology that preceded its new “Skyactiv-X” announcement: https://www.mazda.se/filmer/technology/skyactiv-diesel/

    Mazda’s August 8 press release is here: https://insidemazda.mazdausa.com/press-release/mazda-announces-long-term-vision-technology-development-sustainable-zoom-zoom-2030/ Its Item #2, about 2/3 down the page, describes the technological innovations and desirable features of the “Skyactiv-X Next-Generation Engine.” The key innovations are “maximizing the zone in which compression ignition is possible and achieving a seamless transition between compression ignition and spark ignition.”

    Here is a January 13 article on Autoguide.com, at http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2017/01/mazda-s-new-engine-tech-will-cut-fuel-consumption-by-a-third.html, titled “Mazda’s New Engine Tech Will Cut Fuel Consumption By a Third.” It states:

    The engine will be the first practical use of the technology, which is called homogeneous charge compression ignition. Although hybrids are becoming increasingly popular, the company believes the internal combustion engine will live on for the foreseeable future and its investment into a new engine reinforces that idea.

    By igniting the mix of air and fuel by subjecting them to pressure, the new engine will make combustion more efficient than conventional motors featuring spark plugs. The technology will also reduce exhaust emissions.
    …………
    As for electrified Mazdas, look for the Japanese automaker to begin mass producing EVs by 2019 and a plug-in hybrid introduced by 2021.

    Greater efficiency implies lower CO2 emissions. Several commenters defend the viability of EVs, partially in response to the first commenter on the Seeking Alpha thread, Yambol, who wrote:

    “LOL it is funny how I posted few comments around 2 weeks ago about the new ICE inventions and how this will make ICE cars superior for 50 to 100 more years. Combine that with the Toyota hybrid technology and no new technology will beat such ICE engine(s.) LOL good luck to all who believe in the alternative energy engines sci-fi.” (I.e., EV vehicles.)

    I don’t know if this is a flash in the pan, like the sort of never-heard-of-again breakthroughs sometimes featured in Popular Mechanics-type magazines. The expanded partnership with Toyota and the new North American factory they’re building gives me hope that this has real substance.

  92. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/2026-solar-eclipse-already-has-energy-chiefs-in-a-spin-z83mgzs35

    This story has to be the biggest load of rubbish ever. It comes from a pdf available on the website of the British National Grid which can be found by entering ‘eclipse 2026’ into the search option on the National Grid website. There are pages and pages of total rubbish about a possible power disruption from a partial eclipse which will affect Britain at around 19.10 on 12th August 2026. Quite apart from the fact that sunset that day will be at 20.26 and so I wonder if they have some sort of plan for that, or indeed every other day when the sun sets. I really think this story should have a date of April 1st on it.

    • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4786564/Scientists-uncover-91-volcanoes-Antarctica-ice.html
      ‘The most volcanism that is going in the world at present is in regions that have only recently lost their glacier covering – after the end of the last ice age. These places include Iceland and Alaska.
      ‘Theory suggests that this is occurring because, without ice sheets on top of them, there is a release of pressure on the regions’ volcanoes and they become more active.’
      Significant warming caused by climate change in west Antarctica has already affected its ice sheets.
      If they reduce significantly, this could release pressure on volcanoes lying below.
      This would lead to eruptions that could further destabilise ice sheets and enhance sea level rises, something Dr Bingham is keen to monitor.
      ‘It is something we will have to watch closely.’

      Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4786564/Scientists-uncover-91-volcanoes-Antarctica-ice.html#ixzz4pm1cpBQi
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      Now this has been discussed here for years.
      Homogenisation ‘warmed’ Antarctica using volcanic influenced data from the West of Antarctica.
      Now we are told the warming was caused by climate change and the volcanoes make it worse.
      The ice dome on Antarctica keeps on growing.
      Yet it is feared the volcanoes will erupt.
      Another level of fear ratched up.

      ‘The most volcanism that is going in the world at present is in regions that have only recently lost their glacier covering – after the end of the last ice age. These places include Iceland and Alaska.’
      This of course is true, but the last ice age was millennia ago.
      The work itself looks really interesting.

  93. This ran in the Toronto Sun. The columnist was quoting a BBC radio documentary.

    The great carbon scam
    We pay to reduce our emissions, other nations hide theirs

    lorrie-goldstein BY LORRIE GOLDSTEIN, TORONTO SUN
    FIRST POSTED: SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 2017 02:04 PM EDT | UPDATED: SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 2017 02:06 PM EDT

    pertinent:
    By contrast, in the UK, one of many examples of serious reporting is a new radio documentary by the BBC’s environment correspondent, Matt McGrath.

    Called “Carbon Counting,” McGrath reveals how many nations that signed the Paris accord are inaccurately reporting and/or hiding their greenhouse gas emissions from the United Nations.

    Reporting is done once every two years, but the accord doesn’t require independent verification of the numbers.

    check out: http://www.torontosun.com/2017/08/12/the-great-carbon-scam

  94. recent paper climate and habitat changes https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170724155603.htm
    Journal Reference:

    Frank A. La Sorte, Daniel Fink, Peter J. Blancher, Amanda D. Rodewald, Viviana Ruiz-Gutierrez, Kenneth V. Rosenberg, Wesley M. Hochachka, Peter H. Verburg, Steve Kelling. Global change and the distributional dynamics of migratory bird populations wintering in Central America. Global Change Biology, 2017; DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13794

  95. Hmm… there is no “Green House Effect” –

    New Insights on the Physical Nature of the Atmospheric Greenhouse Effect Deduced from an Empirical Planetary Temperature Model

    From the paper:

    “A key entailment from the model is that the atmospheric ‘greenhouse effect’ currently viewed as a radiative phenomenon is in fact an adiabatic (pressure-induced) thermal enhancement analogous to compression heating and independent of atmospheric composition. Consequently, the global down-welling long-wave flux presently assumed to drive Earth’s surface warming appears to be a product of the air temperature set by solar heating and atmospheric pressure. In other words, the so-called ‘greenhouse back radiation’ is globally a result of the atmospheric thermal effect rather than a cause for it.”

  96. ….”In coordination with SDG&E, two automakers are offering anyone who can show a copy of their SDG&E bill and a discount flier $10,000 off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the purchase of a new 2017 Nissan LEAF or any new 2017 BMW i3 plug-in model at participating local dealerships.

    These discounts are on top of existing state and federal EV incentives, which can total another $10,000 in savings….”

    http://sdgenews.com/clean/sdge-customers-eligible-10k-discounts-nissan-and-bmw-electric-vehicles

    Reply: Nice implied huge savings. Here in the Bay Area, with one of the highest cost of livings in the US, these are priced online at 9K under MSRP. I’m sure you could haggle the extra 1K. There is a surplus. Not much of a news item though.~ctm

  97. More dangers of a destabilized grid by removing reliable base load power, like what Australia is experiencing.
    This is a big deal for Taiwan which has much of the worlds semiconductor fabrication plants.
    These fabs take days or more to recover from even brief power interruptions, at the cost of millions in scrapped wafers.

    “Chipmakers
    Taiwan on Tuesday suffered a blackout after an accident occurred at a gas-fired plant, according to a report from Bloomberg. The outage, which lasted from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., impacted more than 6 million homes and disrupted some IC production on the island, according to the report. Taiwan’s president was criticized for the event, as the government plans to shutter the island’s nuclear plants and cut the use of coal.”

    https://semiengineering.com/the-week-in-review-manufacturing-168/

  98. Dr. Roy Spencer announces:
    So, I was inspired to do something about [Al Gore’s latest publication]. I’d like to announce my new e-book, entitled An Inconvenient Deception: How Al Gore Distorts Climate Science and Energy Policy, now available on Amazon.com.

  99. I posted this comment on a recent article about Arctic ice loss. I am wondering whether this theory has been discussed on Whatsupwiththat. Does it have merit?

    corkyboyd

    August 19, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Has anyone correlated the amount of particulate matter in the atmosphere to the loss of Arctic ice? Are we chasing the wrong cause by laying the blame on greenhouse gasses alone? China’s rapid industrialization has seen massive releases of particulate matter into the northern hemisphere. They lag the west in the use of scrubbers for coal fired generation plants. Major cities are almost unlivable because of particulate pollution. In the 1960s and 70s the Soviets ran tests in Siberia to see whether powdered coal spread by bombers could be used to accelerate the natural spring thaw. You can see this effect yourself by spreading sand on ice in daytime. It would explain the difference between Arctic and Antarctic ice loss.

    Reply

  100. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11907789

    Tackling Climate Change Head on in New Zealand, it’s election time folks……..The new Labour leader’s campaign launch was today….The Election Slogan, “We can Do this”, should probably read, “We can Tax this”.

    In her speech, Ardern said the first time she was boo-ed in politics was at a public meeting in Matamata when asked about climate change.

    “But I will never stop talking about it, because it’s the challenge that defines my generation.

    This is my generation’s nuclear-free moment and I am determined that we will tackle it head on.”

    If ever there was an upfront concession to an ideology and politically motivated reason to promote AGW in a naked attempt at vote catching, here it is in black and white.

    A large part of New Zealand’s Emissions are actually methane in the form of Cow Farts, so she is welcome to tackle those head on…..

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